[ovs-dev] [PATCH] RFC: Pass more packet and flow key info to userspace.

Jarno Rajahalme jarno.rajahalme at nsn.com
Thu Jan 24 15:34:56 UTC 2013

On Jan 23, 2013, at 19:30 , ext Jesse Gross wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM, Jarno Rajahalme
> <jarno.rajahalme at nsn.com> wrote:
>> Add OVS_PACKET_ATTR_KEY_INFO to relieve userspace from re-computing
>> data already computed within the kernel datapath.  In the typical
>> case of an upcall with perfect key fitness between kernel and
>> userspace this eliminates flow_extract() and flow_hash() calls in
>> handle_miss_upcalls().
>> Additional bookkeeping within the kernel datapath is minimal.
>> Kernel flow insertion also saves one flow key hash computation.
>> Removed setting the packet's l7 pointer for ICMP packets, as this was
>> never used.
>> Signed-off-by: Jarno Rajahalme <jarno.rajahalme at nsn.com>
>> ---
>> This likely requires some discussion, but it took a while for me to
>> understand why each packet miss upcall would require flow_extract()
>> right after the flow key has been obtained from odp attributes.
> Do you have any performance numbers to share?  Since this is an
> optimization it's important to understand if the benefit is worth the
> extra complexity.

Not yet, but would be happy to. Any hits towards for the best way of obtaining
meaningful numbers for something like this?

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